Dashte Barchi

Coordinates: 34°29′41″N 69°05′39″E / 34.49467°N 69.09422°E / 34.49467; 69.09422
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Dashte Barchi
Dasht-e Barchī
دشت برچی
view of Dashte Barchi
view of Dashte Barchi
Coordinates: 34°29′41″N 69°05′39″E / 34.49467°N 69.09422°E / 34.49467; 69.09422
CountryAfghanistan
ProvinceKabul
CityKabul
Area
 • Total46 km2 (18 sq mi)
 • Water0 km2 (0 sq mi)  0%
Dimensions
 • Length6.8 km (4.2 mi)
 • Width3.7 km (2.3 mi)

Dashte Barchi (Dari: دشت برچی) is a settlement located in western Kabul, Afghanistan.[1] Previously barren and agricultural, Dashte Barchi became populated in the early 2000s by newcomers from the provinces, mostly ethnic Hazaras from Maidan Wardak, Ghazni and Parwan, and some Kochi Pashtuns. It is mostly informally-developed. Over 95% of population of Dashte Barchi are Hazara.[2]

On August 15, 2016, a suicide attack took place in this neighborhood, targeting an educational center called "The Promised Mehdi". The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a crowd of 5,000, mostly students of the Hazara ethnic group who were preparing for university. 34 students were killed and 56 were injured in the attack.[3] Due to its majority Shia population, the district is a constant target for the extremist Sunni militias.[4]

See also[edit]

  • Kabul
  • Stop Hazara Genocide - a social media campaign that aims to raise awareness and demand action against the persecution and violence faced by the Hazara ethnic minority in Afghanistan
  • Hazaras

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dasht-e Barchī". Mapcarta. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  2. ^ https://www.afghanistan-analysts.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Kabul-Police-Districts.pdf [bare URL PDF]
  3. ^ Report on Kabul Barchi Plain Electricity from Hazara National Network, January 11, 2011.
  4. ^ "25 killed, 52 wounded in blast near Afghan school: Officials". 8 May 2021.